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with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is a critical night for the republican presidential nomination. we're going to find out whether the trump express has been derailed by the combined attacks of his opponents and the leaders of his own party. 150 g.o.p. delegates are up for grabs in four states, including michigan, the first contest in an industrial state. and last saturday's contest, ted cruz was gaining on trump. john kasich was building a little steam. but marco rubio was largely left at the station. going into tonight, trump leads cruz by 80 delegates. major garrett is covering the race. >> reporter: as voters lined up in mississippi and michigan, donald trump looked for big victories, steadying a campaign that endured a week of criticism and ballot box defeats inch an interview with a cbs affiliate in kalamazoo, trump defended his lewd and aggressive language at the last g.o.p. debate in detroit.
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by the guy rubio who is doing very badly in every poll and by cruz. you have to, you know, you have to fight back i think in my opinion. so far it's worked for me. what can i tell you? >> hello. this is mitt romney. >> reporter: 2012 g.o.p. nominee mitt romney made good on his promise to wage an anyone-but-trump campaign, recording robocalls on behalf of john kasich and marco rubio. >> if we republicans were to choose donald trump as our nominee, i believe the prospects for a safe and prosperous future would be greatly diminished. >> reporter: trailing trump in his home state of florida, rubio denied reports he might drop out before next tuesday's vote. >> that's totally false. >> reporter: the rubio campaign accused ted cruz's camp of spreading the rumors, something cruz denied today, but cruz is making a strong play in florida to try to doom rubio to defeat. >> if you don't want to see donald trump as the nominee, and if you don't want to see hillary
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is the inevitable result of donald trump being the nominee, come join us, let us stand together. >> reporter: rubio's camp is bracing for a listening night but remains confident about its prospects here. rubio advisers believe they are well ahead in the abaccept tee anti-trump attacks, theirs and others, are working. >> pelley: and that big vote in florida comes next tuesday. major garrett, thanks very much, major. 166 democratic delegates are at at stake tonight in michigan and mississippi. nancy cordes is covering those races. >> hello. >> what is the breakfast strada? >> reporter: if the polls are right, michigan will serve up clinton's 12th win tonight. >> the polls are now open. >> reporter: mississippi her 13th. at her final michigan rally, clinton warned voters not to become complacent.
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nominee, the more i can begin to turn my attention to the republicans. >> reporter: like clinton, sanders invested heavily in michigan. the state's manufacturing base was natural target for his critiques of free trade. >> she has supported virtually every one of these disastrous trade agreements. >> reporter: but clinton threw a wrench in that message yesterday. >> i voted for the auto bailout. he voted against it. >> that is absolutely false. >> reporter: sanders was forced to spend the final day of the race explaining his votes seven years ago. >> and of course i voted to defend the automobile industry. >> we know, bernie, we know! >> reporter: trailing in the delegate count, he's running out of places to stage a comeback. jeff weaver is his campaign manager. if you don't win in michigan, what does that say about the other states? >> i don't think it says
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we narrowly lost massachusetts. what did that say about maine or new hampshire or vermont? >> reporter: sanders won big in all three. in fact, he's won nearly as many states as clinton has, but she's won in the largest states, and tonight, scott, she's here in ohio, the seventh largest state, where she is leading in the polls ahead of next week's primary. >> pelley: nancy, thanks. we turn now to john dickerson, anchor of "face the nation." john, what do you expect tonight? >>. >> reporter: well, what i'm looking for, scott, is if there is any weakness in donald trump. he's expected to do well, but he's been attacked in a much more forceful way in the last week or so. in mississippi, was ted cruz able to convince the more conservative electorate there that he's the genuine conservative and not trump? in michigan, mitt romney is favorite son. did his criticisms of trump affect the way people voted who made up their miesdz in the last few days, or is there any evidence that these attacks have made trump strong center the candidates will be doing the
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some clue of how to beat trump in the next week in those winner-take-all contests. if trump wins in ohio and florida, it will be nearly impossible to stop him. >> pelley: john, thanks very much. in another posh story tonight, a u.s. army veteran who served in luck and afghanistan was stabbed to death today by a palestinian while visiting the israeli coastal city of joint chiefs of staffa. -- jaffa. he was from lubbock, texas. margaret brennan is at the white house tonight following this. margaret, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, 28-year-old taylor force was fatally stabbed just outside tel aviv today. israeli tv has been running this unconfirmed eyewitness video of the alleged killer running away from the scene. now, he was gunned down and killed but not before he injured nine others. force was in israel to study tech start-ups. he was a business school student at vanderbilt university, and
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was a west point grad who had served in the u.s. army in both iraq and afghanistan. now, scott, the white house has already labeled this a terror attack, and it actually took place as vice president joe biden was in israel for an official visit. in fact, he was just a mile away when it happened. >> pelley: margaret brennan tonight. margaret, thank you. tonight the southern plains are getting pounded by violent weather, including tornadoes, hail and high water. manuel bojorquez is in north texas. >> yes, that's a tornado. >> reporter: bystanders captured cell phone video of a funnel cloud as it tore through hood county, texas. when it was over, damaged homes could be seen for miles. in nearby stephenville, the roof was sheered off of this apartment building, leaving furniture and belongings exposed. officer barrett wilson helped people evacuate. >> started going door to door. the doors that were locked, started kicking them in, checking and seeing where the damage was and who was hurt. >> reporter: he didn't have to
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he lives in this building, too. what did it sound like? >> a lot of loud wind, everything crashing down around you. i was waiting for my apartment to crash down. luckily it didn't. everyone made it out okay. >> reporter: the same system brought blinding rain and winds as high as 70mph to the dallas-fort worth area. it rocked this gas station awning back and forth before it toppled over. >> the wind was blowing really hard. i had two cars underneath. we got them out just before it fell down on to the pump. >> reporter: water rose quickly in dallas suburbs, leading to rescues, not just from cars but from this school bus. six children were taken from thigh-high water to safety. despite extensive damage like this, the only storm-related death so far is man whose canoe capsized near houston. scott, the threat is not over yet. the system could dump up to a foot of rain as it moves on to
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next two days. >> pelley: manuel, thanks. it was soaking rain in northern california that may have caused a commuter train to derail last night. john blackstone is in alameda county. >> reporter: the priority today is clearing the tracks of the disabled five-car commuter train. the most challenging part, lifting the car that slid some 50 feet down a steep bank into a fast-flowing river. last night it was a scene of sudden chaos and peril. >> we're having a difficult time figuring out how we're going to access anybody on this train. >> reporter: the call to the local sheriff's department came just after 7:00 p.m. a commuter train carrying 214 people had run off the tracks. >> at that moment i realized something was wrong, so i held on to the rail. and right then the train flipped over. >> reporter: the lead car landed in the stream. water was rising quickly. >> i just prayed that everyone was going to be okay. it was scary.
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but, you know, somebody was watching over us tonight. everybody got out. >> reporter: officials suspect a mudslide caused the crash after a soggy weekend in the san francisco bay area with three to four inches of rain falling in the canyon where the train derailed. there were a few injuries, but none was life-threatening. sheriff's deputy j.d. nelson. >> we've had nine people that went to the hospital. i call it a minor miracle. >> reporter: railway officials expect to have this clean-up work finish and the track cleared by tonight, and, scott, they're hoping to have the line open and ready for service tomorrow. >> pelley: john blackstone, thanks. on wall street today, stocks closed lower in part because of the economic slowdown in china. the communist government there is struggling to manage enormous debt, shaky stock markets and a growing perception that it may not be equal to the task.
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>> reporter: at this beijing job fair, those searching for work told us it's getting tougher. does china's slowing economy affect you personally in any way? "yes, i can feel the pressure," niu sisi told us. "the economy is slowing and industries are facing lots of changes." >> they've spent massive amounts of money building unnecessary things. >> reporter: peking university finance professor michael pettis says china faces a debt crisis after borrowing tens of trillions if iffy investments in areas like real estate and shipping. >> beijing has never gotten its arms around the problem of debt. until it does, things will continue to get worse. >> reporter: now china is trying to rebalance its economy, leading to massive layoffs in government-owned industries. but amid the back drop of labor protests... >> china is fully capable.
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run a slew of glowing, good-news stories. president xi jingping visited top state media outlets in february, urging the press to pledge loyalty to the communist party. it's an effort to control the story and project stability. >> the fear is that it's still possible for beijing to mismanage the process and for it to be much more disruptive than expected. >> reporter: china's government has tried to convince the world that its economy is not in peril, but it's still not clear if that's just wishful thinking. seth doane, cbs news, beijing. >> pelley: a trailblazer for women has died. elizabeth strohfus earned two congressional gold medals for her work as a world war ii military pilot. she was 96 and will be buried in her native minnesota. strohfus and women like her, however, are not eligible to be buried at america's premier military cemetery.
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here's david martin. >> reporter: elaine harmon was one of a chosen few, the wartime service immortalized in news reels. >> first woman in the history of america to fly military aircraft. >> reporter: she was a wasp -- women's air force service pilot, one of about 1,000 who signed up during world war ii when a shortage of male pilots forced the military to do what it had never done. >> the training program is exactly the same one the male cadets are going threw all over the country. >> reporter: the wasps were not sale into combat but remained stateside. >> her mission was to train mail pilots that needed either refresher courses on planes or to learn about new planes that were coming out. >> reporter: her grandmother died last year at 95. what were her wishes? >> her wishes were to be innerred at arlington, cemetery. >> reporter: she had even left hand-written instruction, but
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the request, saying serving in the wasps is not the same as active duty service as a member of the department of defense. >> the army said no to the wrong family. >> sexism and gender discrimination is the only issue that did not allow them to be military, hangups about the role of women in the family. >> reporter: elaine's family turned to congresswoman martha mcsally, who became one of the first female combat pilots following a path first blazed by the wasps. >> think about the irony. the military just announced they're opening up all positions for women to serve in uniform, at the same time they're closing the gates to arlington on the pioneers who paved the way. >> reporter: officials at arlington say allowing wasps to be buried there would set a precedent for hundreds of thousands of other americans like the merchant marine who also served in world war ii. that would increase the waiting time for burial, which already can be up to ten months. that's about how long elaine harmon's ashs have been stored
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causing birth de defects and miscarriages. sexual transmission is more common than previously thought. in addition, nine countries report an increase in guillain barre syndrome, a neurological condition that can affect anybody, not just pregnant women. most patients recover, but it can cause weakness, paralysis and even death. the who now says pregnant women should avoid travel to areas of zika outbreaks and pregnant women whose sexual partners may have been exposed to zika should practice safe sex or abstain from sex during the pregnancy. >> pelley: jon, thanks very much. we'll be right back. the roles you play in life
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positive in january for using a banned substance. >> i made a huge mistake, and i let my fans down. i let the sport down. >> reporter: the drug in question is malbkahelia, -- meldonium, a heart medicine. it was originally given to soviet troops to produce stamina during the afgan war, it was banned by the anti-doping agency this year. sharapova had been taking the drug since 2006 for low magnesium, heart issues and risk of diabetes. four other international athletes have been caught using the drug in the last two months. sharapova is the world's highest-paid female athlete, and of the 29 million she made last year, $23 million were in endorsements alone. three of her main sponsors, including nike, tag heuer, and porsche are all cutting off
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>> pelley: lucky shot in no way that. is steph curry of the golden state warriors hitting his 300th three pointer this season as he changes the way the game is played. here's jeff glor. >> reporter: on the court, there is no spot safe from stephen curry. >> oh, it's good! >> reporter: he's a relatively small player who just can't stop hitting big threes, including this game-winning 38 footer. >> bang! bang! oh, what a shot from curry. >> reporter: is there any precedent for this? >> no, none at all. >> reporter: tim bontemps is the national basketball writer for the "washington post." >> everybody is captivated by this guy who looks like you could walk by him on the street and you wouldn't notice he's an nba player. he's going out on the court and dominating everyone.
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dog. he wants to shoot threes. >> that's the impact. that's all anyone wants to do is shoot crazy three pointers. >> reporter: curry is on pace to hit 400 three pointers. the old record was 286, his own from last year. >> i like the shoot the ball at a high level. >> reporter: a soft-spoken star, he's part of basketball blood. his father dell is a sharp-shooter. his daughter riley steals press conferences. many remember he was not an immediate nba hit. he battled bad ankle injuries. critics say he benefits of softer defensive play, as if any defensive could stop this. >> nails it! >> reporter: what do you make of this criticism in. >> their opinion matters, but they're trying to view the game through the way they played it. and it's just not something you can do. >> reporter: this is the way steph curry place it. >> the way steph curry plays it
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>> reporter: with every theatrical three, steph curry is expanding the definition of a basketball superstar. >> it's good! >> reporter: jeff glor, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and for all of this broadcast is sponsored by subaru south boulevard and subaru concord. wbtv on your side. wbtv news starts right now. >> maureen: tonight on "primetime" we are hearing from this dad who made the split-second decision to try to save his son from a baseball bat that flew into the stands coming an inch from his son's head. plus -- >> i really wish she is happy. >> maureen: and why this woman says she isn't surprised her brother was there to help.
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middle school uh cause -- accused of assaulting a student and now parents are reacting to the allegations. i'm maureen o'boyle and welcome to "primetime." we continue to follow the breaking news of a number of shootings in charlotte this afternoon. in all four people are injured. this unfolded about an hour over -- over the course of an hour and a half. the shootings happened on brookshire boulevard and the plaza. here is what we know right now. there are three sceness involved. cmpd tells us at 4:34 they responded to a shooting on brookshire boulevard. one person was arrested and another person taken to the hospital. moments later a person was found with injuries from shattered glass and a car. police say someone shot into that car on brookshire boulevard. the second and third shooting
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plaza and taken to the hospital. we will continue to learn more as new information comes in and we will bring it to you on air and on-line. >> maureen: breaking news out of rowan county. a motorcycle driver airlifted with life-threatening injuries after this crash on stokesbury road. the car pulled out in front of the motorcycle we do not know the person's condition and we will update you as we get that in. >> maureen: dale russ, junior is off the job accused of assaulting a student. we first told you about this last night and now we are hearing from parents with kids at that school. wbtv's brody o'connell has their reago new on "primetime. >> reporter: union school leaders are keeping tight lipped and they told wbtv said all questions about the alleged assault on a student should be directed to the monroe police department. but parents want to know more